Happy Monday! I’m here today with something new inspired by a song that always comes to mind this time of year – My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music! Last year I made a large sign for my mantel with the lyrics from this song. You know that I love signs that are inspired by song and hymn lyrics, but I’ve been struggling with a few things. Making hand painted signs to sell takes me away from my blog and these large signs are pretty expensive for the average person. This is one reason why I closed my Etsy shop earlier last year. I wanted a break from sign making to figure out a better way to produce these large statement pieces that is beneficial for the buyer and me.
My Favorite Things Printable Sign
After lots of thought, here’s what I came up with. I will design large scale printable signs. The printable signs can be downloaded, printed as an engineering print, and framed. You can find some of these printable signs in my Free Printable Library. Here is the finished My Favorite Things printable sign above my mantel.
adding foam core to the printable sign
Once you have the engineering print, you should attach it to foam core board for stability. I got a large piece of foam core board while I was at the office supply store that was large enough to attach the print. I used a general purpose spray adhesive on the foam core board and then carefully applied the engineering print paper. Work from left to right when applying the print to the foam core board and make sure you smooth out any air bubbles. Once the print is adhered to the foam core board, you can trim the foam core board if needed.
framing the printable sign
The print is formatted as a 24 x 36″ print, which is a standard size for frames if you want to just purchase a frame for the print. But, it’s so easy to make your own frame and that’s what I did. You just need 1 x 4″ wood and a little piece of hardware called a mending brace to join the wood pieces together. You only need a screwdriver to attach the mending braces to the four corners. I was able to make the frame myself – yes, no help needed from the hubs!!! Then, attach a sawtooth hanger to the top of the frame and it’s ready to hang! I used thumb tacks to attach the foam core board to the frame back.
If you do decide to purchase a frame and it has glass, I would suggest removing the glass. To do this, just take the glass out of the frame, place your print in the frame and put the glass in the frame behind the print. This will keep it safe in case you want to use the glass later for another print. Then add whatever backing board that comes with the frame.
winter mantel details
To complete the wintery look on the mantel, I used my pom pom garland that I made years ago! You can see how to make one HERE. On the mantel top, I used a cable knit scarf as a runner, some large pine cones, and a few more pom poms.
Can you believe these mini cypress trees are faux! I got them at a local specialty shop a few years ago after Christmas when they were on deep discount! This is the perfect time of year to search those kinds of shops for discounted faux greenery. I know most big box stores cleared out their Christmas decor on January 1. But, a lot of small shops still have some Christmas/winter decor that they want to clear out to make room for spring.
I hope that you like this new idea and the Free Printable of My Favorite Things! Below is another design that is perfect for winter that you can also make into a printable sign!